The court of Casablanca recently sentenced the leaders of the mass movement known as Rif Hakris to 20 years in prison. They were involved in protests which engulfed the Rif region of Morocco, and were found guilty of participating in a non-authorized protest. The charges were diverse, some of which included compromising state security, conspiracy…

Since the 1960s, a drastic decrease in military coups has been noted worldwide, yet challenges to democracy persist. Democracy is still threatened and attempts to end or weaken it are numerous, but they are less visible than the tanks of coup plotters or the armed party members of the 1930s: Modern threats to democracies are…

Since the partition of India in 1947, India stood as a multicultural beacon in a culturally divisive region. While the Sinhalese fought the Tamils in Sri Lanka, and the then Burmese government fought a range of different ethnic groups, Nehru’s India not only tolerated but celebrated its ethnic and religious diversity, following an agnosticism that…

In this 6th IFLRY Online seminar, Celito Arlegue, Executive Director of the Council of Asian Liberals Democrats (CALD) discuss the political situation in the Philippines. Celito discusses the liberal conundrum that is posed by populist president Rodrigo Duterte. Who is fighting an ongoing “war” on drugs, claiming that this shows that he is an “action man”…

For a long time, I have noticed that, when discussing their common ideals, it seems that Federalists are not talking about the same thing – especially so when it comes to economics. Recently however, the different responses of European Federalists to the Catalan Issue exposed divisions on the concept of federalism and pro-European ideals that…

IFLRY Online is IFLRY’s new initiative to allow liberals from all over the world to interact with each other more online.  In that spirit, IFLRY Vice President Nickolas Pagonakis is organising regular online seminars, in which different people from the IFLRY network explain more about the political situation in their country. These seminars are recorded…

In 2015, the Panama Papers revelation came as a shock to the whole world. The leaked documents revealed the information about the offshore financial assets and companies of politicians, celebrities and government officials everywhere. The revelations triggered mass protests against governments, and lead to the downfall of the Icelandic Prime Minister Sigmundur Davio Gunnlaugsson. It’s…

Breaking party lines is a great way to step across the aisle and declare that your personal values matter more than what your party tells you to do. But, that sort of altruistic voting can cost you your job and weaken the party’s base. A novel approach to letting politicians vote in line with their…

During campaigns, politicians, including presidential candidates, often make extravagant promises to woo voters to their side to win elections. Most politicians build their platforms and personal brands on a few emotional issues that are most likely to resonate with the voters in their key districts. They then promise to effect change on these issues if…